August 24, 2004 Subject:
Goofus and Gallant in Chile
In Chile, a wealthy landowner leaves to large fundos (farms/ranches) to his sons when he dies. One son, Juan, pretty much ignores the fundo and parties away his wealth in the city. The other son, Roberto, institutes all kinds of reforms on his fundo, such as making use of modern technology, irrigating the fields, improving the workers living conditions, and providing all sorts of social services for them. This is basically another Goofus and Gallant film, though it does provide a snapshot into the ways of life 1940s pre-revolutionary Chile.
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: **. Weirdness: **. Historical Interest: ****. Overall Rating: ***.
Reviewer:jose luis salazar (chile)
August 16, 2004 Subject:
pre agrarian reform in chile and a lot of fantasia too
ok engaging to say the least these three films about chile in the 1940's
definetively a gone past.
i ask my mother about the peon - patron relationship and it was not as fantastic as is shown in here.(she was a rural teacher right nearby el fundo santa rosa chile's central region of curico.)
Lot of abuses and a strog catholic church which sat foot in every single aspects of our lives. "don't think don't say and don't learn just do!"
After the agrarian reform of the 60's and 70's (that ended up sppliting us in half as a country) there's no absentee landlords anymore. fundos are all now DOLE subsidiaries and agriculture it's one of the most important export sectors.
Also the laboreers have been replaced by temporeros (wetbacks) that means there's no more responsability on housing and contracts to be held. just hire for the week and dispose of.
June 23, 2003 Subject:
Not fundo at all
In this exploration of Chile, more specifically Chile's farming sector, we see the 'story' of 2 farmers, getting property from their dead dad, and how they proceed to take advantage of it. Farmer A does'nt really do anything and let's everything continue on as normal, putting on a 'if it aint broke, don't fix it stance' while farmer B goes into the latest technology and developments to achieve a high tech farm. On top of this, we have an exploration of the other parts of Chile. This really drags on for a while, which made me terribly bored. Although engaging at times (especially talking about old time farming) the rest is just blah.